UYO, Nigeria – Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela has been working for several years as an investigative journalist for Ghanaian clothing, which revealed some of the most obvious politicians and senior officials in the government.
The impact of his secret report was also felt elsewhere in Africa. The journalist played an important role in the investigative video that showed Nigerian national football team coach Salis Yusuf, apparently bribes, and he collaborated with the BBC in several stories, including human trafficking investigations. body parts for ritual witchcraft in Malawi.
For a very long time, Divelas' name and face were not known to the public. When he arrived, it was hidden. But after he shot a documentary film in May last year, discovered possible corruption in the world football federation, FIFA, a bitter Ghanaian politician revealed his true identity, and the journalist began to get the threat of death.
On Wednesday, January 16, when a 34-year-old reporter arrived home in the Accra suburb of Madin, two men on a motorcycle pulled up next to his car and shot him close – twice in the chest and once in the neck – killing him immediately.
“We heard loud shots at about 12:00. Wednesday, ”says Samuel Addo, who lives close to where the shooting took place. "I came from my house about 15 minutes later and saw some people gathered on stage," he told The Daily Beast.
Divela worked in Tiger Eye Private Investigations, a journalist cooperative headed by Anan Aremeyaw Anas, an important Ghanaian investigative reporter.
Tiger Eye PI documentary that made Divelle a labeled man was "Number 12: When the glory and corruption become the norm. "It showed Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of the FIFA Council and the head of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), buying a $ 65,000 bribe from a supposed entrepreneur who wants to sponsor a Ghanaian football league.
After the report, FIFA banned Nyantakyi's life and punished him for nearly $ 500,000. As a result, he lost his position as President of GFA, Vice-President of the African Football Confederation and member of the FIFA Council.
"Number 12" not only revealed Nyantaki. It also showed many game officials who received bribes. FIFA banned eight judges and assistants for life and transferred 10-year bans to 53 other officials. Revelation also caused the Ghanaian Premier League to be stopped in June. It has not yet resumed after almost seven months.
"Those who benefit from league corruption will be spoiled for its suspension and will definitely offend Hussein-Suali and his colleagues," says Okon Nya. Busy friends covering football leagues in West Africa. "Ordinary Ghanaians celebrate them, but corrupt people want to take them out."
Divelas' Identity was first unveiled on May 30, 2018, three weeks after the first issue of “12” when Ghanaian legislator Kennedy Agyapong, who was also involved in the documentary, showed the pictures of a journalist and discovered the area in which he lived in the public television channel Net 2 TV to which the politician belongs."This boy, who is very dangerous, lives here in Madin. If you meet somewhere, break his ears," said Agyapong, pointing to the reporter's picture. He also promised to pay supporters who received a sentence against Divelu.
These comments quickly appeared in the media shortly after the murder of Hussein-Suale, but the legislator rejected allegations that he was behind a journalist's murder, telling Neat FM, to a local radio station: "He has never offended me. So they should go and investigate those he has offended, not me. He and his boss [Anas] have so many people in this country. The evil they do will follow them. ”
Months before his death, Divela feared that Agyapong's action would cost him his life.
In September last year, the journalist told the CPJ that he believed that some Ghanaian "criminals" were trying to harm him, and that these people "are linked to Ghana's mandate and can do everything and get rid of it.""Since my image was published and [the] society attacked me … many people have tried [to attack me], he informed the CPJ using WhatsApp [has] in a few quarters it was pointed out that the same person who published [my image] said he was doing his best to suppress [my] existence. "
Some reports in the local media claimed that the police questioned Agyapong after the murder, but were released free of charge. However, these reports have been rejected by the opposition party legislators, who, in their statement of 21 January, stated that "until now" the police have not invited the "Agyapong for questioning". They called him to be arrested and prosecuted.
"Mr Agyapong seems to have contributed to a number of offenses, from attack, harm, harm, harassment, murder and murder, prompting the public," said a formal statement by members of the minority. "After our law, the crime associated with committing a crime has been committed even if no member of society has a finger to promote the invitation."
Two days after Divel's murder, The Daily Beast tried to contact Agyapong, a member of Ghana's ruling New Patriotic Party, and a close political associate said he was "out."
Another close source for the legislator informed the Daily Beast privately that Agyapong departed from the country on a day after journalist killing Emirates Airlines on a flight to Dubai.
“We are not sure whether [Dubai] is his destination and when he returns, ”said the source. "Let's wait and see."
After all, Agyapong returned to Accra and was present at the Wednesday parliamentary session, where President Aaron Mike Oquaye sent him to a privilege committee to determine whether he was responsible for the murder of a journalist. It is not clear when the committee will meet on this issue.
Muslim Divela was buried on Friday, January 18th – two days after he was killed – according to Islamic rituals, but his death remains intense interest for his compatriots.
Creating a murder testifies that a journalist can be closely monitored. Until he was killed, Divela, who was at the relative's home, reported that he had received a phone call from home asking him to return to his sick child. Their killers were taken when he rushed back to his house.
"Maybe his telephone line was used," said Christian Anozi Events Diary magazine covering over ten years of major events in Ghana. "Somebody definitely knew he would return to the hour he did."
The attacks on journalists in Ghana are rare – an unusually stable nation often in a troubled West African region. Since 1992, only one other journalist has been killed in the country. But media practitioners are now afraid that attacks on journalists might become the norm if the Divelas murderers are not released in the book.
Divela has long been alarmed by threats to his life, but nothing was done, ”said Anozie. "If he does not receive justice, others who are uncomfortable with the press will be invited to attack journalists."